Drunk driving incidents reach nationwide 13-year low

Motorists in states like Wisconsin may be pleased to know that drunk driving hit record lows in 2014. That year’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that only about 11 percent of Americans reported driving while drunk, which was a drop from the 15.3 percent recorded in 2002. Statistics for those who drove under the influence of drugs also decreased during the same time frame.

According to public policymakers, however, such reductions in intoxicated driving activities don’t mean that the issue is completely solved. More than 10,000 individuals died in crashes that involved impaired motorists in 2015, and experts said that the problem still requires attention from lawmakers and other authorities.

Survey data revealed that men between the ages of 21 and 25 were the most likely to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Although some jurisdictions are considering turning to options like Uber and other transportation services, others seem to be sticking to more established methods, such as mandating that offenders’ vehicles be fitted with ignition interlock devices.

Facing drunk driving charges can make life difficult for accused individuals. Those who refuse breath tests may have their licenses suspended or revoked pending their trials. In addition to paying court fees and potentially heightened transportation costs while they can’t drive themselves to and from work and errands, they might have to foot the bills for vehicle ignition interlocks or go through extended, costly processes to get their licenses reinstated. Accused individuals may also be confused about their rights, but an attorney might help them figure out their next steps.

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